On Thursday 15th June we wished good-bye to our leaving Year 9 students with our graduation ceremony. A tradition amongst schools at Internationella Engelska Skolan, the graduation is our official way to celebrate the end of school life, with students wearing our symbolic blue caps and gowns.
Following on from the successes of the previous year’s event, once again the graduation ceremony took place in the beautiful atmospheric architecture of Karolinska Institutet’s Aula Medica in Solna, with over 1000 seats ensuring all staff, students and families are able to join in the celebrations.
It is once again a year worth celebrating, as our school Principal Ms Ericsson said in her opening statement. Our year 9 students are determined, showing great perseverance to reach their goals. Today, we celebrate their success because our year 9 students have reached an outstanding results with 85% reaching a C, B or A in every subject -- as a year group leaving IEST with a grade point average (meritvärde) of 289.
Our students, as we expect, have a 97% A-C rate in English from the National Tests. But these successes spread to the other core subjects, our Swedish score of 78% of students and Maths at 65% achieving scores from A-C far exceeds the national average -- likewise in Chemistry with 73% A-C and History with 81% reaching A-C as a year group. Impressive!
This year’s Valedictorian, William Olsson (9E), and Salutatorian, Evelyn Lo (9B), were joined by four other students with perfect scores of 340 points! IES CEO, Mr Riber, and the School Principal, Ms Ericsson, presented the Special Honor Roll Awards. Congratulations once more to Filip Ramslöv (9A), Maya Bhattacharyya (9B), Isabella Lejström (9B), Evelyn Lo (9B), Rebecca Stern (9C) and William Olsson (9E)!
A new addition to this year’s Graduation from our School Principal, Ms Ericsson, is the True Grit Award. The True Grit Award recognizes students who have passion and ambition for learning, have truly worked hard -- and have learned to meet challenges and never give up once through the years at IEST. Congratulations to Arash Nouri (9E) and Sahra Ali (9E) for their hard work and academic successes!
The ceremony, hosted by year 8 students Julia Gelmanovska (8E) and William Ericsson (8D), also included performances by Ms Henderson and Ms Pate singing the national anthem, Rebecca Stern (9C) and Christian Rizopulos (9C) singing ‘Farewell’ by Rihanna, Josefine Sirc (9A) and Lina Vängborb(9A) performing ‘True colors’ by Cindy Lauper, Emma Erling (9F) and Eleanor Ward (9F) performing ‘Sixteen hits in six minutes’ by a variety of artists, and Kevin Creutzer (4C) singing the traditional ‘Den blomstertid nu kommer’.
With so many successful students at IEST, there was much to celebrate. Class of the year, for their positive attitude went to Class 9E, whilst Student of the year went to Maya Bhattacharyya (9B). Academic prizes went to the highest achieving students in each of the subjects.
On behalf of PTA, Mr Heed presented the PTA Spirit Award to a student from each year 9 class. The award is presented to students who are considered to be a good role model, a person who is always happy to help others and who is always positive. Congratulations to Filip Ramslöv (9A), Anaya Rupia-Ellis (9B), Melvin Austin (9C), Alva Hemmingsson (9D), Emelie Legneful (9E) and Felicia Söderqvist (9F)!
We, staff at IES Täby, agree that the event is one of our proudest moments of each and every academic year. We thank all the students and their families for the wonderful memories and wish that you have fantastic futures as well.